• 03/10/2010
  • 07/13/2013

Inokashira Park in Kichijoji, Tokyo

Inokashira Koen (篋??????????) straddles between Musashino (罩??級??) and Mitaka (筝?薹?)?in western Tokyo. Inokashira Pond (篋????????)?and the Kanda River (腑???医??) water source established during the Edo period, are the primary sources of the Kanda River. The Inokashira Lake was once the source of the Kanda district water supply, the first water supply irrigated into the Edo area. Drawing of Inokashira Pond by Utagawa Hiroshige, a famous painter in the Edo period). Until the water supply reformation in 1898, the lake played an important part in providing water to the residents. The lake rumoured to have been named by the third Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu (緇喝??絎九嵯).?And the meaning of the name theorized to either mean “the source of the water supply” or “a well that provides delicious water.” Portrait of Tokugawa. The land was originally given to Tokyo in 1913. Then on May 1, 1918, then opening under the name of Inokashira Onshi K??en (篋???????????????), which can be roughly translated as, “Inokashira Imperial Gift Park”. Hence the park was considered to be a gift from the then Emperor Taish?? (紊ф?紊???)?to the general public. This being the first time in Tokyo, that a park was ever founded in such a manner. The park […]